Crucial Games This Weekend

1. Portsmouth v. Newcastle (EPL). Newcastle have come away with a tie in their last four games. They are stuck in 17th place. They badly need a win to sat out of the relegation zone (18th place or below). But they will be way down south in Portsmouth on Sunday. They are underdogs once again. And they will need near-perfect performances from the likes of Stephen Taylor, Lua Lua, and Jonas in order to come away with a point or more. It will probably be another frustrating game for the Toon, but could also be entertaining as well.

2. Pittsburgh v. Baltimore (NFL). The winner would have the advantage to win the NFC North. No, the Super Bowl champion is not coming from the NFC North. But these are arguably the best two defenses in the NFL. It could be the game of the week. If I was employed, I'd go see it. But fortunately it will be shown on most eastern CBS affiliates Sunday at 16:15 EST.